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Up to 20,000 baht fine for not wearing a mask in Phuket

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Wear a mask or pay a hefty fine… and possibly even go to jail. Phuket governor Narong Woonciew issued an immediate order requiring people in the island province to wear a face mask while in public to control the spread of Covid-19. Those who violate the order could face a 20,000 baht fine.

Those who breach the order can also face punishment under the Communicable Disease Act which carries a fine of up to 100,000 baht and up to a year in prison. People can also face penalties under the Emergency Decree.

The order says not wearing a mask “could create unsanitary conditions that could cause dangerous communicable diseases or epidemics to spread.” People in the province are ordered to wear a mask while at public places, but don’t need to wear a mask while eating, drinking or exercising.

“Any person who leaves their home, residence in a house, house, building, place or vehicle, or is in a public place must always wear a face mask or cloth mask.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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    Frank Leboeuf

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Good – surprisingly I’d say more than 80% people I see around me in Chalong wear masks, even on motorbikes for instance (why not, if you’re wearing a mask outside anyway saves the hassle of taking it of and putting it back on). It seem to drop a little in September but well back up nowadays.
    Probably linked to the fact that Phuket had one of the strictest lockdowns in the past

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      Alte Ledertasche

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:12 am

      I was not wearing a mask one time previously and I not intend to do so.

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      Alte Ledertasche

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:15 am

      And yes….I see a lot of morons to wearing a mask on a motorbike but NO helmet. This surely will save them….LOL

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1:26 pm

      Ditto around here, in the provinces – 100% in the town.

      Since it’s to protect others, not yourself, and others are protecting you, it’s selfish not to and those who don’t display a complete lack of consideration and respect for others.

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        preesy chepuce

        Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:10 pm

        Stop talking absolute rubbish. It’s selfishness. a complete lack of respect for others, and inconsiderate to demand people give up their liberty and abandon science and wear virus carrying masks and do pointless lockdowns that do not stop viruses.

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      preesy chepuce

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:05 pm

      Are you some kind of moronic fascist? In what parallel universe could that be good?!
      Most I see in Chalong wear masks as chinwarmers and earrings, or necklaces, if they bother at all.
      Not that it can scientifically make any difference – but nobody cares about real science any more.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Yes but only for ferangs, eh?
    The cops will be rubbing their hands together in glee!

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1:21 pm

      Let’s hope they meet up with Alte L.

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        preesy chepuce

        Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:12 pm

        Pack it in. You are not a farang.

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    murika

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:43 am

    If you wear it on your chin it’s ok though

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1:43 pm

      They’re not wearing masks to “save” themselves but to “save” others – even people like you.

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    RC

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    It’s people like the IDIOT Alte that is causing more resentment towards us farang from the Thai people!!!

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    Ron Chwyl

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    It’s idiots like Alte that make the Thai people resent us farang even more!!

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      preesy chepuce

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:11 pm

      You are not a farang… nobody is fooled.

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    les

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    The amount are quite high. Singapore which has higher income fine only about 7000 baht.

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    James R

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    So the farangs better get their money out then and for good reason.

    When I was in Phuket for seven months last year I never saw a single Thai not wearing a mask but I saw many farangs not wearing them so they deserved to pay a fine.

    They can try and look tough and important with their tats and fags hanging out of their mouths but they can also pay up.

    They should be put in a Thai jail for a few days as I was told they are not like hotels as in the West, let’s see how tough they are then.

    As Issan John says, the masks are to protect others too.

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      preesy chepuce

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:13 pm

      Well best if we just cut our heads off to please IJ, and his fellow sock puppets.

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    Rak

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 6:55 am

    I fully understand and accept the use of masks in enclosed spaces, but to be forced to wear them outside while engaging in social distancing is not justifiable. It’s a heavy-handed and ill-thought-out order that will only deter domestic tourists like myself from coming to Phuket. Krabi and other seaside provinces will be the beneficiary of this officious decree. I pity the hotels in Phuket.

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    Richard

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Wearing a face mask for 10 minutes has the same effect on CO2 and CO blood levels as smoking a cigarette. Not good. It’s particularly harmful for those suffering from hypertension.

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      James R

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:12 pm

      Richard

      Nonsense.

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      The Thaiger

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:39 pm

      What a load of horse shit.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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UPDATE: Confusion over Covid-19 tests for visa extensions

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UPDATE: Khaosod English removed a story on Covid-19 tests for those seeking visa extensions and replaced it with the article “Immigration backtracks on plan to require Covid-19 test for visa extensions.” They say the previous report sparked uproar among expats and immigration police spokesperson has since apologised for the misunderstanding.

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Confusion reigns today over whether Covid-19 tests will be required for visa extensions. While The Phuket News spoke with an immigration official who said “no… you don’t need a Covid-19 test to extend your visa or apply for a work permit”, Khaosod English wrote an article headlined “Covid-19 test will be mandatory for all visa extension”.

The Thaiger also contacted a respected visa agent who said Covid-19 tests are, indeed, now required for applying for both visa extensions and work permits, even renewals.

The Thai Immigration Bureau has not made any official announcement regarding Covid-19 tests. Talk about Covid-19 tests for foreigners was brought up after a rule was published in the Royal Gazette last month, officially adding Covid-19 to a list of dangerous diseases, prohibiting those infected with any of the listed illnesses from entering the country.

Immigration Police Bureau spokesperson Archayon Kraithong told Khaosod English that proof of a negative Covid-19 test will be required for visa extensions, regardless of how long a foreigner has stayed in Thailand. On the other hand, Phuket immigration deputy chief Nareuwat Putthawiro told The Phuket News that Covid-19 tests will not be required for visa extensions or work permit applications.

“We do not require any medical documents for an application to renew a visa, because there are few foreigners’ movements outside Phuket. Most of them live and work in Phuket, and have done so before the new wave of Covid-19… So they do not have to worry about it. Everything is still the same.”

Medical exams are currently already required for most work permit applicants (including tests for Syphilis and Elephantiasis). A visa agent told The Thaiger that Covid-19 tests have been added to the medical examination requirements for work permit applicants. But, on the other hand, Phuket immigration says they DO NOT require Covid-19 tests for work permit applicants.

“We have not received any notices about Covid-19 requirements for processing applications to renew visas. If we do receive any such orders, we will let the public know.”

It isn’t the first time there has been conflicting statements coming out of different officials, in different immigration offices on different days.

SOURCES: Phuket News| Khaosod English

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Visitors to Phuket from “highest risk” areas must show Covid-19 test results

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People arriving Phuket from the “highest risk” areas are required to take a swab test by the staff at emergency operation centres (EOC) or show the test result document endorsed by the EOC staff made within 72 hours of their arrival. The revised order is effective from now until January 31, according to the Phuket Governor.

Those people who are on a brief business trip to Phuket need to show certificates from their employers describing the reason and necessity of their trips. If they want to leave their accommodations, they have to make a request to the EOC and clearly explain the reason as well as the time and destination. Visitors are also asked to avoid going to the community areas to avoid crowded gatherings.

It is noted that the revised order by the governor has not been officially promoted by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department. However, all visitors are still asked to register online via the Mor Chana contact tracing application and via www.gophuget.com according to the order re-issued on Friday.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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The road less travelled – trekking to the Kalim Viewpoint

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There are two well known ways to get from Kathu to Kalim or Kamala – one is across the Patong Hill, and the other is much longer, through Srisoonthorn and along the coastal road from Surin the Kamala (very scenic too).

But there’s also another way. Also very scenic but will take you about 2 hours through dense forest although there is a well-worn walking track. The track will take you from Kathu up to the Kalim Viewpoint. From here you can head back to Kathu along a different path, or down into Kalim, near Patong.

Starting about halfway down Soi Namtok in Kathu, you head up a nondescript road past the Flying Hanuman zipline attraction, although there’s no sign at the entrance to the soi (below). About the first kilometre is paved but then becomes increasingly ‘agricultural’ as you get higher into the hills, heading towards the Kalim Viewpoint. There’s also a small temple on the way up.

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PHOTO: The start of the trek, a small soi off Soi Namtok – Google Maps

It will take around 2 hours to trek up to the Kalim Viewpoint. The walking is quite strenuous and you’ll need to be wearing the right shoes and take plenty of water – there’s no 7/11s on the way! As you get nearer the top, to the viewpoint, the track becomes less drivable although the track is still quite open and easy to follow. If you’re feeling a bit lazy you can take a motorbike about halfway up the road until you’ll need to proceed on foot from there.

From the Kalim Viewpoint you can see across Kalim to Patong Bay and the land that stretches along the bay south of Patong Beach. From the top you can either make your way down to Kalim or another exit along the Kalim-Kamala Road, just near the Iguana Beach Club.

You can also head back another way to Kathu, a longer return track that skirts around the top of the Kathu Waterfall. A lot of that track gets very narrow and parts of it are up and down the hills, some of it very steep.

The views are amazing and you get to see a vast swathe of Phuket, still very close to popular locations like Patong, Kamala and Kathu, but untouched by any civilisation.

You’ll need to be in reasonable health to take on the trip but, just to go up to the Kalim Viewpoint and back, or down into Kalim, should take around 5 hours in total. On a scale of 1 – 5 for difficulty, we’d rate it a 3. An easy trek for experienced people but will need a bit of planning if you’re not an experienced trekker.

Even on a hazy day, as it was today, the views were amazing. But best to start off early morning when the weather is cooler. Well worth the time for the views and the opportunity to see more of Phuket, away from the bars and beaches.

Thanks to BT for the pics and information.

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